Serbian street artists play out football rivalry on city walls

Graffiti artwork with colorful patternson the wall surface in Belgrad.

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: Graffiti or street artists in Belgrade are playing out a football rivalry on the city’s walls in a development far from the image of ultranationalism and violent Balkan fans. Fan groups attached to Partizan Belgrade go by the nickname ‘the Gravediggers’, and include the graffiti artist Derox, who is also part of ‘the Grobarski (gravediggers) Trash Romantizam’ (GTR) art group.

When AFP meets him Derox has been working without break repainting 35 highly impressive mural paintings with the acronym GTR. They had been vandalized during an overnight operation likely conducted by fans of bitter city rival Red Star. The two giants of Yugoslav and Serbian football were founded at the end of World War II.

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